Weetwood Hall's Brasserie
Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5PS
Weetwood Hall, perched in the lovely countryside bracketing Leeds, lays claim to a laid-back brasserie where European recipes and British ingredients reign supreme.
Weetwood Hall's Brasserie lays claim to a menu that reinvents itself with the seasons. It begins with the starters. In autumn, beetroot and walnuts add crunch to the peppery rocket salad, and the warming home-made soups change with the whim of the talented chef. However, moules marinière is a year-round treat, showcasing mussels simmered in a creamy white wine sauce.
The main menu at the brasserie runs with the local theme, with British classics playing starring roles. Lamb is surrounded by seasonal vegetables and a red wine jus. The Yorkshire beef burger takes things even closer to home, its rich meat offset with a slice of smoked Applewood cheddar and a generous dollop of onion marmalade. Some of the mains on Weetwood Hall Brasserie's menu are given a more Continental spin. Béarnaise sauce drapes the perfectly cooked sirloin steak, while the lasagne is served open, sprinkled with herb ricola and Parmesan shavings.
Apart from the lovingly made lavender panna cotta, the desserts at Weetwood Hall's Brasserie are a collection of British favourites. Meals might finish with a Bailey's cheesecake or a Yorkshire cheese board which, depending on the season, could be topped with mulled apricots and walnuts.
Weetwood Hall's Brasserie also opens its doors for lunch, when tasty baguettes and doorstop sandwiches are served. In winter, diners can make themselves at home in the relaxed dining room. But come summer, the terrace is the place to be, surrounded by Italian-style gardens.